The Tooth Fairy Prevails!!

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   Posted 11/20/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah   smilewinkgrin I went to the Gastro today and spilled my guts (so to speak) about the whole dental situation.  Turns out her husband, my Rheumy, is touring the state teaching with a dentist regarding the subject of biophosphate drugs and the risk of jaw necrosis.  What luck I have!!!
When I told the Gastro she immediately rolled her eyes and told me I would be fine and not to worry about it.  The worst thing that could happen to me is that if I can not control the cellulitis then she may have to take me off the Imuran and Humira until we get the dental situation resolved.  According to her, these dentists and oral surgeons don't know what the heck they are
talking about.  The risk of the necrosis is very prevalent for cancer patients and my risk is so small it's almost non-existant!  I then asked her to ask her husband (my Rheumy) to give me a referral to a general dentist and oral surgeon that is educated in my situation.  She said, NO PROBLEM!  She'll talk with him tonight and call me tomorrow!  Whew, what a weight off my shoulders and pocketbook!
Thanks so much again to you all for letting me vent.  I don't know what I would do without you and I love each and every one of you!  Even you Fitzy for hanging out and defending the doctors.
You're perspective offers valuable insight to everyone's situation here too and I admire you for persuing what you love to do.
Happy Turkey Day and Don't Eat to Much Chow!  -Gayle

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   Posted 11/20/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay!!! So glad you are getting the help you deserve. And even if I "defend" doctors at times, there are other times I think they are dumber than doornails. Your dentist sounds like one of them. I am so glad you are getting a referral to a new dentist. Yay!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 11/20/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm happy for you! I think doctors aren't the brightest bulbs all of the time, but I think dentists sometimes aren't even plugged into the socket! When I told my dentist that my crohn's was under control with Imuran after a resection and that my mouth tenderness and gum inflammation had disappeared, she attributed the crohn's getting better to the fact that I had been more vigilant with flossing. She was truly serious and said 'isn't it amazing how taking care of your teeth can make your whole body well'. I was floored and couldn't say anything but 'uh huh'. Good luck with your new dentist, it pays to know people who know people you need to know!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   

I am clapping and cheering here.
              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!

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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Now,,,,you wasted all those tears because of a dental incompetent who was running his mouth when he should have been working on yours. Glad you got the right answer from someone that knows his molars from a hole in the ground. Be sure and hide the fly swatter before you put that tooth under your pillow. Wouldn't want to have an accident while half asleep ,,waking up with a dead fairy cant be fun and then there is all that dust to clean up....Poof,,, Oh My
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gayle Glad to hear you are in a more sight full state and how is the cellulitis coming along? Let the education begin . lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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